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Inspiring Conversations with Shanna Moakler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shanna Moakler.

Hi Shanna, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in RI, I always had a love for entertainment, but not having a. major industry on the east coast, I did what I could to try to break into the business, I started doing pageants, and modeling.

Eventually, I won the title of Miss USA and moved to LA where I have resided ever since, I have been fortunate to be in numerous TV shows, movies, reality TV series, and hosting shows. I then became the Executive Director for the Miss Nevada USA and Miss Utah USA pageants

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not always been a smooth road, the entertainment business comes with many challenges, its very competitive and deals with a lot of rejection, however, I feel my experience in pageantry helped give me the skills to continue on with my passions and goals and help me achieve my success.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
After becoming Miss USA in 1995 at the age of 19, I had a deep love for the organization which was then known as Miss Universe, I since have become the director for the Miss Nevada USA and Miss Utah USA organizations which are prestigious preliminaries to Miss USA and Miss Teen USA!

I have the honor of helping and mentoring young women from the ages of 14 to 28 which has been extremely rewarding, we hold numerous events for the contestants leading up to our competitions from etiquette classes to media training. It is a beautiful way for young women to grow, gain life and business skills, get to know themselves and where they stand in their communities, and share their platforms and I am honored to be a part of their journey.

The Miss Utah USA Pageant will be on May 30th and 31st 2023 at the Rose Theater in Salt Lake City and the Miss Nevada USA pageant on June 3rd and 4th, 2023 at the Westgate hotel and casino in Las Vegas

What makes you happy?
My family makes me happy, Hollywood has its many perks and the entertainment industry can be created very rewarding, however, nothing makes me feel more joy than being with my children Atiana, 23, Landon, 18, and Alabama 16. All who are also pursuing their goals in the entrainment industry. I try to get home to RI where I grew up to reconnect with my roots and strata grounded.

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